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Your Thoughts: Sesame Street Old School DVD

Discussion in 'Sesame Merchandise' started by Phillip, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    Why is this thing so hard to find. My mom said it was really hard to find when she was out shopping the other day. She got the last one on the shelf. Oh well...the important thing is I am getting it (YIPPEEE!!) but won't REALLY be getting it til my birthday in a few weeks.
  2. doctort13

    doctort13 Well-Known Member

    I received my set just this past weekend, and overall LOVE IT!

    My 2 year old daughter has watched the entire set multiple times. She sings along with the songs she knows from the CDs we own, dances in front of the TV, and shouts with joy when she sees her favorite Muppets (Cookie, Big Bird, Oscar, Ernie).

    My only complaint...NO CAPTIONS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED! I must use hearing aids to hear, and rely on closed captions to enjoy television shows & DVDs. Why on earth wasn't this common feature included? All of the other Sesame DVDs that we own (which are MANY), include closed captions, so not including this very helpful feature is confusing.

    I intend to write a letter to Sesame Workshop and let them know how this affects my enjoyment of this DVD set. I hope that future sets of "SSOS" are on the horizon, that include closed captions.
  3. Ziffel

    Ziffel Well-Known Member

    My SS Old School dvds came recently with my TEC season 2 dvds. I watched them all. It was great fun seeing five complete episodes from the first five seasons. Just like the good ol' days as a child in the early 70's getting to watch an hour long show of all the classic stuff, including the wonderful "Sunny days" theme song opening. A lot of the clips we've seen from being uploaded on youtube but there were a few "new" ones too like the classic traffic lights clip and Grover on both sides of the long ladder (also Grover and Herbert Birdsfoot with the peanut butter stuck in his mouth). I'm more in favor of entire episodes than individual clips, but using clips like "C is for Cookie" as part of special features like they did is a good idea. I hope future sets will continue to include at least five more complete shows. Oh and I muted the sound each time a segment was about to close in case the sketch with the red and green anything muppets doing the alphabet with that creepy music came up next. And sure enough, on the fifth disc (from the '73-'74 season) that clip came on! But I had it muted so I didn't have to hear it, just like back in the early 70's (except we didn't have a remote so I had to cover my ears at the close of each segment back then instead!)

    Anyway, it's really awesome to finally have what we've been craving for so long: Classic SS on dvd! And I'm looking forward to watching these with my niece when she's a bit older. Even though she's only a year and a half, she already loves the muppets. And she carries her Elmo muppet around with her a lot now. Oh and that reminds me, my brother also bought her one of those new tickle me elmo's (called TMX, right?) Wow that toy is neat. It cracks up laughing on the floor and rolls around and stands itself back up. Only thing is, she's a little frightened of it at this stage! But in time she'll probably come to be fascinated with it. :)
  4. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    One nitpick about the booklet is that it points out that Jim Henson was the voice of the baker, and that Henson wasn't the actor who played him, but it does not say who the actor playing the baker was.
  5. Ziffel

    Ziffel Well-Known Member

    Maybe the actor was just an unknown name. So that if the booklet had said, "the baker was played by Clint Collins" people would be like o...kay.

    One of the street scenes that was nice to see was Grover trying to do chin-ups. Because I remember seeing that when it first aired in the early 70's. I recalled his line, "I'm not strong but I'm wiry."
  6. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Well-Known Member

    I just got my mine yesterday. And Amazon said it would be delivered no earlier than December 8th, and no later than December 15th -- and actually got it on the fourth! (Miracles do happen!)

    My thoughts? I have to say that overall I'm very pleased to finally see a DVD release that does justice to classic SS. Although the season premieres were nothing I hadn't already seen (I managed to get my hands on copies of season premieres 1-8 that had aired on Noggin a few years ago) But seeing them here with much sharper picture and sound quality made me appreciate them all the more and I'm very grateful that SW has taken good care of and preserved them all these years. It was also great to see some skits that I hadn't seen before -- skits that for some reason were edited from the Noggin episodes. The bonus material was a nice touch as well. I had seen bits and pieces of the original pitch film on the A&E Biography special on Sesame Street, but this was the first time I'd seen it in its entirety and I thought it was pretty hysterical, with Rowlf telling Kermit all about SS and the muppet executive board trying to come up with a name for the show. I also thought the animated segments of that character Bob who introduced each epsiode of the show were a nice addition. Even though it wasn't authentic stock footage from the archives, they had the same sort of humour and edginess that characterised so many of the animated skits from that era of SS.

    My only criticisms would have to be I would have liked there to have been a commentary feature with certain key players -- who are still with us today -- reminiscing on those early days of the show, or even one or two interviews would have been nice. I also wish those edits didn't have to be made. But on the whole, I'm very happy with this set and I hope there'll be more in the future. Yes, we the fans have been waiting a long time for this but that just made me appreciate it all the more. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to SW for making this possible (also I implore you to disregard some of the disparaging remarks from the more ungrateful fans that are starting to appear on amazon's reviews).
  7. jisforjump

    jisforjump Active Member

    old school dvd

    The only thing I did not like about the collection, is that they showed the same clips over and over again
  8. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Would you have rather thsoe scenes have been edited every time they were repeated? It does get a little boring, especially since all clips that get repeated are not Muppet clips, but I'd rather have them repeated throughout the set in different episodes (or epsisodes that originally had episodes repeated within the same episodes) then have more edits.
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Well, this set is starting to show up in stores more. When I finally found my copy, it was the only copy at Suncoast. Now, I have seen another copy at Suncoast and a copy at Best Buy.
  10. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Well-Known Member

    I'm glad to hear that. So far I haven't seen any stores here in Canada that have it on the shelves. At least not yet, anyway.

    We all want to see more volumes of classic SS like this one in the future and the only way to ensure that happens is for sales of this one to do well enough on the market to justifiy the expense and effort of producing more. And the best way to maximize sales is by making more people aware that this DVD set exists. You have to wonder how many other people there are out there who don't read this forum regularly, who don't necessarily consider themselves hardcore Sesame Street/Muppet fans, but nevertheless appreciate them enough that if they saw it sitting on the shelves while browsing or shopping, they might just be interested enough to buy it.

    On the other hand, the first box set of The Electric Company obviously sold well enough for SW to release a second set, and did that one have much marketing exposure beyond the internet? I don't recall seeing that one in any of my local stores either.
  11. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    Well I recieved the dvd last month, but finally got to watch the whole thing, here are my thoughts. The dvd is overall nice, its not alot of stuff, buts its "nice." The episodes are good, but they just seem to long. The bonus sketches were "ok," I would have really preferred more Behind the Scenes/ History bonuses, but what was there was nice. I was dissapointed by the fact of the low amount of Muppet sketches in the bonus skits aswell. I was delighted though that Kermit was in use and on the dvd. (Yay!!) The pitch reel, I have seen before so it really wasnt a shock to me. But overall I liked it. It should have had 4 discs instead of 3, and way more bonus features relating to behind the scenes, and way more muppets, maybe even commentaries would've been nice. Was it the worst dvd? No. Was it the best dvd? No. I much preffered The Electric Company set over the Sesame set, in the bonus feature content. I think they could've done alot better than what I could have seen. But heres hopes for a Volume 2.
  12. BEAR

    BEAR Well-Known Member

    I've not gotten or watched the set yet, but I'd just like to remind you guys that it is the first set. Maybe they will have more behind the scenes content in future releases, but I think this is sort of the tester to see who is interested. Much like the Muppet Show season 1 set.
  13. Barry Lee

    Barry Lee Well-Known Member

    Very true BEAR, and did realize that, but at the same time, look at the bonus features for Electric Company Vol.1, that as well was a tester, and the features were well worked out and enjoyable and informing. Just my two pennies.
  14. fatblue

    fatblue Well-Known Member

    Ss Dvd

    Hmm, funny, I said this earlier and there seemed to be a lot of doubting Thomas' out there that there will be any future SS DVDs. I agree Barry, we didn't get to see ALL the classic skits and some behind the scene stuff on the first set would have been nice, and I was really ticked at that, not enough bonus MUPPET footage! Again, we did see Kermit, but not enough, and where were characters like Beautiful Day Monster, Prof. Hastings, Hippie Grump, Scudge, Fred The Dragon, the first version of Grover and so on. They pioneered this show! Also, classic skits like 'Yellow Submarine' for example were not shown. However, this show ran everyday, so I realize there is no possible way to fit all skits in one DVD set because there are so many. But I KNOW deep down we will see future versions, there is enough footage out there to make a Vol. 2,3,4, 5and so on. So I would not worry.
  15. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I have only seen a copy of volume 1 at my local Best Buy on at least two different occassions (though there were times that I went to Best Buy between those two times where I looked for The Electric Company and didn't see the copy in the same spot where it had previously been). And so far I have not seen any copies of volume 2 anywhere.
  16. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    Changes In The Review?

    I was reading the review of this DVD set again and I noticed that the censored ending in "Counter of Numbers" no longer seems to be included in the section on Noggin Cuts.


    In the original ending in "Counter of Numbers", Bert bangs his head numerous times on the table and runs into the camera. I remember the author of this review saying that he did not believe it ever ended this way and that Phillip was the one who put it in his review. Now, it seems to be gone, but the pic is still there.

    But, I can assure everyone that it definitely ended that way. I watched it numerous times when I was a kid in the 70's. When I first saw it on Noggin, I even wondered if they were going to show it since there was already the controversy about Don Music banging his head. Thus, I was not surprised when the scene faded out. But, believe me, this ending did in fact happen. First hand info about classic Sesame Street skits is one of the few nice things about being almost 40. :)

    Hope mention of that edit comes back soon. It just doesn't seem complete without it.
  17. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Were any segments with Don Music ever shown on Noggin? I was looking at the epsiode pages at Muppet Wiki, and for the Noggin epsiodes, I can't remember if I ever saw any Don Music sketches listed (most of the Sesame Street Unpaved epsiodes have detailed pages, while very few 123 Sesame Street episodes have pages at all).
  18. Censored

    Censored Well-Known Member

    I can't recall seeing Don Music on the Noggin episodes. I guess banging one's noggin on Noggin is strictly forbidden.
  19. Medbe Monster

    Medbe Monster Well-Known Member

    I'm 15 and I'd really love to get this set, but I don't what to do, My Mom says she forbids me to buy this set, What should I tell her about the set that could change her mind???
  20. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Huh? Why would she say something like that?

    She approves of Sesame Street right? Then calmly explain to her that this is a DVD set showing off some of the true history of Sesame Street's origins... How the street looked like waaaaay back in the beginning. How the two previous actors who performed Gordon differed from the current actor/version. Tell her it contains the first appearances and some of the beloved segments/sketches/songs of some of Sesame's iconic characters. Plus, there's an informative booklet that comes with the set that contains lots of factoids about the show and the first five season premieres included in the set.

    Just some points that should help you win her over.

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